Donald Trump pleaded NOT GUILTY to 34 criminal charges in New York Courtroom
By The Headlines, April 4, 2023 | 07:53 PM
DONALD TRUMP PLEADED NOT GUILTY in the New York courtroom today for the historic criminal charges related to the alleged falsifying of business records to pay hush money. The former US president was arrested at the courthouse today after he surrendered to authorities.
Trump being criminally charged as the first former American president has propelled the United States into uncharted political waters.
He pleaded guilty in court to 34 charges. It's understood that he spoke for himself in the legal proceedings to enter his plea. The New York court’s judge warned Trump about his use of language and social media.
Republican claims that Donald Trump is the victim of "political persecution".
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. "He will catch up on the news from time to time but this is not a focus for him."
President Trump wrote about the radical left Democrats today: “THE RADICAL LEFT DEMOCRATS HAVE CRIMINALIZED THE JUSTICE SYSTEM.”
He called the legal proceedings a "Kangaroo Court."
Thousands of police officers and several helicopters were seen hours before his arrival around the vicinity of the Trump Tower. A few dozen Trump supporters and a smattering of anti-Trump demonstrators gather outside the courthouse. The media are present in large numbers to cover this story.
Trump was indicted by a grand jury last week and the charges involve $130,000 being sent to Stormy Daniels just before Trump's election win.
Michael Cohen has turned on Trump, becoming an opponent in the process. He says he arranged the payment to Daniels in exchange for her silence about a tryst she claims she had with Trump.
Legal experts suggest that if not properly accounted for, the payment could result in charges for falsifying business records, possibly to cover up a campaign finance violation.
Trump is facing a series of separate criminal investigations at the state and federal level in the run-up to the election that could result in further charges after including Donald Trump's efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state of Georgia, his handling of classified documents, and his possible involvement in the storming of the US Capitol have been under investigation.